The easiest CR SUV to get in and out of – the Subaru Forester is the best, the Ascent is next

Subaru SUVs are known for having excellent outward visibility from the driver’s seat, but what about ease of access? Is it easy to get in and out of? A new study from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says the 2023 Subaru Forester is the best compact SUV for accessibility, and the 2023 Subaru Ascent is near the best in the 3-row SUV segment.

Consumer Reports (CR) found SUVs to be the easiest to get into and out of based on their scores. Models are ranked by their combined front and rear reach scores within their class and are all recommended by CR, taking into account road test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction and safety.

According to CR’s findings, these SUVs are the easiest to get in and out of.

Topping CR’s list for accessibility in the compact SUV segment is the Subaru Forester, which ranked first, followed by the Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V.

Top on CR’s list for accessibility in the midsize SUV segment are the Hyundai Santa Fe and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Top on CR’s list for accessibility in the 3-row SUV segment are the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse, and Kia Telluride.

“When shopping for a car, pay attention to accessibility for you and your family,” says Jennifer Stockberger, director of operations at CR’s Automotive Test Center. “Look for things like the height and shape of the roofline, door sill height and width, and toe room, along with the most obvious seat height and door opening width. Ultimately, it’s important to visit the dealer and see how the car fits your body.”

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What does CR say about the Subaru Forester?

“The Forester benefits from easy access for the driver and front passenger, a spacious back seat, excellent visibility, and simple controls that are easy for the driver to reach. The steering wheel allows plenty of tilt and telescopic adjustments, and the front doors open wide, revealing seats at the typical hip height for adults.” And it offers easy entry. Its somewhat boxy shape gives it upright A-pillars and a tall roof, reducing the need to crouch while getting in. Our testers also liked the driver’s seat, which is comfortable to see the road ahead of you, although the front passenger seat has a slight adjustment. “

What does CR say about the Subaru Ascent?

“The front door openings are large, and the seats are a step right over the narrow sill. The front seats seem basic, but our test drivers were impressed by how comfortable the optional power front seats are. However, the lower two models don’t provide adequate lumbar support and have no lumbar adjustment The second row is easier to access than the front row, thanks to the larger opening. The captain’s chairs are comfortable and very supportive and can slide fore and aft or recline. Access to the third row The row is a little tight, as expected from an SUV in this class. “The second row ups out of the way with the push of a lever, but leaves only a marginal path. The third row is comfortable but usable for a short hop.”

What distinguishes the Subaru Forester and Ascent from other SUVs?

My Subaru SUV has 8.7 inches of ground clearance for greater accessibility, excellent driver visibility, standard all-wheel drive for all-weather performance, X-Mode for off-pavement, extreme weather capability, and traction on snow and ice. And clay and sand.

The Forester and Ascent also received top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Which new SUVs are the easiest to get in and out of? The Subaru Forester ranked first and is at the top of Consumer Reports’ list for accessibility in the compact SUV segment. The Subaru Ascent is among the best new models in the three-row SUV segment.

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Dennis Flierle brings more than thirty years of combined experience in the automotive industry and automotive journalism to Torque News readers. He is a certified member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP). We’ve spent the last twelve years at Torque News, covering Subaru cars and the latest news. Check back daily for Subaru expert analysis. You’ll find the latest stories on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denise on Facebook, TwitterAnd Instagram.

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